Thought For Today by Fr Iomar Daniels
'He was moved with pity for her.' ~(Luke 7:13)
There is nothing like an Irish funeral. The solidarity is unmatched. Mourners are prepared to weather all kinds of storms to sympathise with the bereaved. Sympathisers will unselfishly walk any distance along with the coffin bearers to the grave. We have a great empathy with broken hearts and grief. We get sadness. We understand it. We know it. We feel it. Like Virgil, the Roman poet, we grasp the 'tears of things'. We don't need the professional mourners or the keeners anymore! We are stirred, naturally, by the loss of a family member, a friend, a neighbour. We are moved by today's Gospel. We feel the widow's pain and anguish. There is great sorrow at the loss of an only son. Jesus, too, is affected by the scene. We see his compassion. We know how he feels. This is Luke's message for us. Contrary to the Stoical beliefs of that time, God is capable of feeling. God is capable of joy and sadness. God is not remote from our human experience. God is drawn into our world of emotions. God feels what we feel. As Luke articulates it: 'God has visited his people'.